RZA is an anomaly. Music icon, kung fu flick connoisseur, actor, author, businessman, student of I Ching and one of the most groundbreaking producers to ever come out of the hip hop womb. Most notably, RZA formed, shaped and manifested the multi-platinum, Grammy winning, genre-defying group from Staten Island, Wu-Tang Clan. Six years since Wu-Tang’s last album as a whole (R.I.P. ODB), they’re back with 8 Diagrams. Dynamically, it’s old school Wu, but aged and more sophisticated. As producer of the group’s albums, RZA pioneered the “sample based” style, influencing modern day producers like Kanye West and Just Blaze. And at the heart of the style sits a machine that has helped shaped his unique sound, the Roland MV-8800.
In February, 2008, Guitar Center will celebrate the Wu-Tang Clan legacy with an exclusive, very limited edition Roland Forat/RZA Customized MV-8800. Only eight machines will be made available to the public, each retailing for $5,999. They’ll feature customizations from legendary electronic pioneer, Bruce Forat. Since 1982, Forat has customized drum machines and keyboards for some of the biggest names in the industry including Prince, Dr. Dre, The Neptunes, Will.i.am, Lil' Jon, Snoop Dogg and many more. Hand-painted by artist Trevor Carlton, the custom designs on these exclusive machines are influenced by Wu-Tang’s 8 Diagrams album.
The purchasers will also get the opportunity to attend a private tutorial session from RZA. Yup. You’ll get to sit down with the RZA himself and discover his MV-8800 technique with the seven other owners.
These machines will be a part of two major giveaways. Details coming soon.